Otter Bothy

Carishader, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9ER


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Otter Bothy offers really special, private accommodation for one or two people, in a small but very cosy cabin, with spectacular views across West Loch Roag.

The bothy hosts a comfy double bed, basic cooking facilities, ensuite shower room and toilet, and total peace and quiet.

Only a few metres from the shoreline, there aren't many places you can sleep as close to the water as this and it allows for close encounters with some of the wonderful wildlife that the Outer Hebrides is famous for.

The Bothy has a very comfy double bed, with all linen provided.  There are basic cooking facilities, including a two ring hob, fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster, pots and pans, and crockery for two.  There is also a large shower room, with toilet and sink.  The Bothy has a decking area with seating to enjoy the beautiful views.

There is direct access to West Loch Roag, ideal for kayakers, and a separate drying shed for wetsuits, surfboards, bikes, and also a firepit.

Otter Bothy prices

Otter Bothy costs £120 per night from March to October, and £80 from November to February,  (maximum two people, minimum two night stay).

To make a booking, or if you have any questions, please visit our website  or email, or telephone 07300926566.


Uig is an excellent area for hiking, cycling, fishing, surfing, and climbing. The local area also boasts many beautiful beaches, including those of Valtos Peninsula, Uig bay, Mangersta and Mealista.  Water sports such as surfing and kite surfing are available nearby for those looking for adventure.

We also have four sit-on top kayaks for hire, two doubles and two singles.  Prices are £20 per person per day.  We provide buoyancy aids and paddles, but not wetsuits.  Please advise when booking if you would like to reserve kayaks during your stay.

The famous Lewis Chessmen, 12th century Viking chess pieces, were found at nearby Ardroil Beach. And the Callanish Stones are within a 20 minute drive of the bunkhouse.

Uig is an area of unspoiled, natural beauty.  The local area is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists, surfers, and nature and wildlife enthusiasts.  As well as the abundant nature to be found, the bunkhouse is in a perfect position for stargazing, and winter storm watching.  You may even be lucky enough to witness the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.


The clear blue Atlantic waters provide a great feeding ground for marine mammals: otters, seals - both grey and common - various dolphins, porpoise, minke whales, killer whales, pilot whales, basking sharks and even the elusive sunfish. Amongst the local bird life there are sea eagles, golden eagles, gannets, fulmars, terns, divers, guillemots, razorbills, shearwaters and eider duck.   

Wildlife trips and also trips to outlying islands, as well as St Kilda and the Flannans can be discovered on various boat trips from various providers from nearby Miavag pier.

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The Otter Bothy, the price is £80 per night in winter months, and £120 in summer months.



  • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop - Delivery from local shop on Thurs and Mon (3 miles away)


  • Children Welcome


  • Electric Cooker - hob
  • Electric Shaver Point - in Bunkhouse
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Heating Throughout Property
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Service Available - Laundry service available at local shop
  • Linen Provided
  • Lounge
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Drying Facility
  • Private Bathroom - Bothy
  • Shared Bathroom - Bunkhouse
  • Shower
  • Towels Provided - Yes in Bothy, at request in Bunkhouse
  • Wash Hand Basin
  • WC EnSuite


  • Disabled Access
  • Equipment Hire - Kayaks
  • No Smoking Permitted
  • Picnic Area

Languages Spoken

  • Gaelic Speaking

Leisure Facilities

  • No Television
  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities
  • Radio


  • Coastal Location
  • Island Location
  • Lochside Location
  • Mountains area
  • Remote Location
  • Rural Location
  • Sea/Loch View
  • Village Location
  • Waterfront Location

Payment Methods

  • Bank Transfers Accepted
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • No credit cards accepted
  • Paypal

Special Requirements

  • Allergy Sufferers
  • Business Travellers
  • Children Welcome
  • Disabled Citizens
  • Families
  • Groups Welcome
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Non smokers
  • Senior Citizens
  • Single Travellers
  • Young People


  • Bike Storage Available
  • Disabled Parking
  • On Public Transport Route
  • Parking

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Matthew_Andcats
      Cambridge, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Good bunkhouse in beautiful location
      5 of 5 stars
      20th July 2021
      So most locations in the Hebrides are beautiful, and this is certainly one of them. The bunkhouse is clean and well equipped. All the beds are in one room and it's worth renting the whole place if... Read full review
    • Malcolm P
      Faversham, United Kingdom
      Beautiful Setting with all you need.
      5 of 5 stars
      23rd May 2022
      The bunkhouse feels bigger inside than suggested by the photos. Sitting 8 around the table to eat was straightforward. The bunks were really comfortable and although there is only one shower, there... Read full review
    • Mike H
      Alloa, United Kingdom
      Stirling student group - Easter 2023 - loved their stay at the Otter Bunkhouse
      5 of 5 stars
      18th April 2023
      Dear Michelle & Donald, The 4 Easter nights last week at the Otter Bunkhouse were an absolute success! The feedback I received from my group of 7 international students was incredibly... Read full review


    • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member - Book Now Outer Hebrides Tourism Member - Book Now 2020
    • Other AwardsPlatinum Listing Platinum Listing 2020

    Opening Times

    Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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